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Earmarks: The one thing Trump gets right about Congress

By Jonathan Rauch When the House Rules Committee scheduled hearings for this week on bringing back the congressional practice of earmarking, it probably did not expect an assist from President Trump. The always-unpredictable president surprised congressional leaders last week by ...
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Council meeting postponed to Jan. 23th.

January 16, 2018. Press release -Due to inclement weather, Vice Mayor David Briley has postponed the January 16, 2018 Council meeting until next Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the interests of public safety. Associated committee meetings will be conducted on Monday, January 22, 2018. “We have Council members who have indicated that they cannot attend this evening’s meeting due to the weather. Since there are important votes on the agenda, I do not want to deprive any C...

Trump and Graham, the end of an ugly friendship

(Paul Mirengoff) Lindsey Graham, the Arlen Specter of the South, has been trying to ingratiate himself with President Trump, his former adversary. By doing so, Graham hopes to achieve his longtime dream of granting amnesty to illegal aliens. One happy byproduct of the unfortunate “S***thole” controversy is that, in all likelihood, Graham’s friendship with the president is at an end. It’s over not because of that controversy, but because of what led to it....

Poll: Trump’s disfavor has completely destroyed Steve Bannon’s standing on the right

You would assume this is true even if you didn’t already know for a fact that it’s true. Still, I can’t get over the sheer scale of Bannon’s unpopularity right now, not just among...

Are There Any Sharks Left to Jump?

(Steven Hayward) Have you  you ever noticed that for today’s civil rights movement, every racial problem is the equivalent of the Edmund Pettus Bridge? Everything is Selma! And have you ever noticed that for modern environmentalists, the Cuyahoga River is burning forever? What would have happened if the Edmund Pettus Bridge had been built over the Cuyahoga River? You’d get climate change uber alles. ...

“The View” on Aziz Ansari’s bad date: “Whatever happened to stop or I’m going to knock you in your nuts?”

Eh. I’m on Team Aziz in believing that what happened between him and “Grace” wasn’t a #MeToo incident, just a clumsy seduction by a celebrity in a hurry, but it’s too pat to say Grace should have...

UC Berkeley sued over injuries sustained during Antifa riot

Four individuals from the Bay Area who planned to attend a Milo Yiannopoulos lecture at UC Berkeley last year have sued the school and the city for failing to protect them from left-wing rioters. From the ...

DOJ seeks to bypass Ninth Circuit in DACA case

(Paul Mirengoff) The Department of Justice said today that it will ask the Supreme Court to review immediately the ruling of a California federal judge (William Alsup) ordering the government to restart the DACA program. Normally, the appeal from that ruling would be heard by the ultra-liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. However, the DOJ seeks to proceed dire...

Jim Acosta: What happened to me today at the White House is something I thought would only happen in foreign countries

My goodness. This sounds serious. What occurred reminded me of something I would see in a different country. Certainly not at the WH. Certainly not in the U.S. https://t.co/hV6vPRe0p2 — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) ...

DETER-rence? Bipartisan bill takes aim at future foreign interference in elections

Lost in all of the bluster over supposed collusion with Russians occurred in the 2016 election, the fact that Russia has targeted our elections for quite a long time. Their impact on the American psyche after this election cycle will no doubt encourage other geopolitical foes to follow suit, and Congress has d...

Mueller subpoenas Bannon [UPDATED]

(Paul Mirengoff) The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the free-wheeling investigation of many things Trump. The Times speculates that Mueller would be willing to forgo the grand jury appearance if Bannon agrees to be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting. It’s also pos...

DNC Chairman Perez: ‘We have a size 12 vision…and…a size 9 budget’

Politico has a story today on the ongoing struggles at the Democratic National Committee. Chairman Tom Perez admits fundraising isn’t what it could be and blames lasting mistrust between the Bernie Sanders wing of the party ...

Celebrating President Trump’s 8 Biggest Accomplishments

I did not support Trump in the Republican primaries. When he first announced, I thought it was a publicity stunt. When it became clear he was serious, I compared him to a carnival barker with an inflated ego and was sure his candidacy would not last.  After he got the nomination, I still could not bring myself to support him.  I was a “never Trumper.” I did not vote for him in the General Election, casting my vote for instead for Evan McMullin. Being certain that ...

More winning: US oil and gas industry so hot they’re running out of workers

I saw a poll recently which said that 66% of the nation feels that the US economy is either “good” or “excellent” right now, despite the media’s best efforts to tell them otherwise. We haven’t se...

Pro-Life Groups Support California’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers Before SCOTUS

Photo Credit: Sunira Moses (CC-By-SA 3.0) (Washington, DC) The Charlotte Lozier Institut...

Mueller subpoenas Bannon

(Paul Mirengoff) The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the free-wheeling investigation of many things Trump. The Times speculates that Mueller would be willing to forgo the grand jury appearance if Bannon agrees to be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting. It’s also pos...

That billionaire submarine murder guy has been charged with… yep. Murder.

You may recall that really bizarre true crime story we covered here last year, where Danish billionaire inventor and private space travel enthusiast Peter Madsen was arrested in the murder of...

“Coverage” Isn’t “Care”

If you are following health-related topics on social media you have likely encountered “coverage is not care,” as a theme or #hashtag. This phrase/quip should be viewed as an opportunity and lens through which the dysfunction of the crony-dominated “healthcare system” i...

Google’s Leftward Lurch: A Sign of Things to Come?

(John Hinderaker) Today the Washington Examiner headlined: “Google refers to Republican senator David Perdue as ‘lying, unscrupulous politician.’” That is certainly eye-catching! Where did Google say this? In the box that shows up on the right side of the page when you search on Perdue’s name, as I wrote about ...

White House doctor: Trump’s in great health and his cognitive test came back perfect

This may have been the single most disappointing day for the national media since November 2016. White House reporters have now tried to get Trump's doctor to comment on whether or not he has obesity, heart problems, early onset Alzheimer's, mental deficiency, ger...